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La cathédrale Saint-Basil et la tour Spasskaya du Kremlin de Moscou et le coucher de soleil d'été avec des nuages colorés

Russia—as a great power, an emerging market and an energy heavyweight—is intriguing. Both Russia and the post-Soviet space tend to be somewhat volatile and impenetrable.

The Russia/NIS Center, however, casts light on this region. Created in 2004, it anticipates new developments, enriches public debate and empowers decision-making on issues related to Russia and the New Independent States (NIS).

The Center regularly publishes papers on a wide array of themes, from central issues (such as the interaction between foreign policy and energy policy) to topics that are more innovative in France such as the Russian government’s attitude to internet governance, and the competitiveness of Russian universities.

The Center’s digital collection Russie.Nei.Visions (set up in 2005 and available in Russian, English and French) has become an important resource. Its analyses are widely disseminated via social networks and our researchers have a strong presence in French and international media.

Since the Center’s fouding, Ifri has hosted several top political representatives and key economic players in the Russian/NIS space. Attendees at Ifri’s seminars and conferences, include former Ukrainian presidents V. Yushchenko and V. Yanukovych, former Georgian president M. Saakashvili and Russian Minister for Economic Development A. Ulyukayev.

The Center maintains a strong presence in the field, staying close to public authorities and multinational firms in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area. It has also developed many partnerships with think tanks and research institutes in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and the post-Soviet space.

Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN

Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center

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Michaël LEVYSTONE

Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center 

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Dimitri MINIC

Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center 

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Anne SOUIN

Project Officer, Russia/NIS Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Marlène LARUELLE

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Julien NOCETTI

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center and Geopolitics of Technologies Program

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Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Russian life
The Economy and Society research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center deals with economic issues and the evolution of the Russian society (formation of elites, human potential, youth, middle class, protests..)
Anadyr
From May 2021, Russia will chair the Arctic Council for two years. During this period, Moscow vows to promote economic development and environmental protection of the polar region. At the same time, Russia continues to implement its ambitious political, economic and military...
Kiev / Minsk / Astana
The New Independent States research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses the evolutions of New Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaïdjan, Kazakhstan, Ouzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan and...
Close up of Moscow oil refinery in Kapotnya district, Russia
The Russian Energy Policy research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center focuses on the reshaping of the Russian energy landscape and its implications in terms of foreign policy.
Vladimir Putin with Sergey Lavrov. 23.03.2016
The Foreign Policy and Security research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center of research analyses the relations of Russia and the New Independent States with the rest of the world, with a special focus on security issues. 
Moscow, Russia. 19th January, 2020. Opposition supporters hold a copy of Russia's constitution during a rally against constitutional reforms proposed by President Vladimir Putin in central Moscow
The Domestic Politics research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses Russian domestic politics, the evolution of the political system and its elites, as well as their relations with society.
16/12/2021

Russia’s Islam has been much more than the two Chechen wars, and regular terrorist actions that have shaken the Russian territory. Islam constitutes an integral part of Russia’s history and culture, and the Putin regime regularly celebrates Islam’s contribution to the country and its great...

23/09/2021
By: Sergey SUKHANKIN

Since 2014, Russia’s policies toward Kaliningrad Oblast—its westernmost region located between Lithuania and Poland and physically cut off from Russia’s main body—have undergone notable transformation. One crucial change was the inception of a policy aimed at remilitarization, which has...

28/06/2021
By: Kalev STOICESCU, (ed.) , Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, Liana FIX, Artūrs BIKOVS, Agnieszka LEGUCKA, Keir GILES

This report analyses Western-Russian relations and proposes a way forward for conducting dialogue with Russia. It offers an analysis of Russia’s relations with NATO and the EU, an overview of the bilateral relations of various Western countries with Russia, a glimpse of China’s role, and an...

03/05/2021

The extraordinarily troublesome year 2020 tested many international institutions and bilateral ties, but few experienced sharper challenges than the complex relations between Russia and Turkey, which have a strong impact on crisis developments in Europe’s immediate neighborhood.

09
Jun
2022
Thursday 09 June 2022
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Conférences

Russia’s war on Ukraine has shaken the foundations of Western foreign policy and the multilateral rules-based order. Institutions built to preserve this order – like NATO, the G7, and the EU – have had to rethink their threat assessments and postures. France, Germany, Italy, and the UK have...

08
Apr
2022
Friday 08 April 2022
from 10:30 to 11:30 - Videoconferences

More than a month after the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, Igor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, will speak on the current military situation and the prospects for...

25
Nov
2021
Thursday 25 November 2021
from 15:00 to 16:00 - Videoconferences

Since 2014, Ukraine's territorial integrity and security have been challenged by Russia's annexation of Crimea and by the conflict in Donbas. Military maneuvers in spring and October 2021 have raised the threat of open armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv, on the other hand,...

09
Jun
2021
Wednesday 09 June 2021
from 16:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

After four years of a Trump presidency marked by “Russiagate”, the election of Joe Biden at the end of 2020 marks a new turning point in Russian-American relations. While the change in the American administration allowed the New START treaty on strategic arms reduction to be saved in...

12
Mar
2021
Friday 12 March 2021
from 09:30 to 11:30 - Videoconferences

The EU-Russia relationship, which has been deteriorating since 2014, has recently experienced various shocks, such as the poisoning, then imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the failure of EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s diplomatic visit to Moscow. Judging by Russian...

07/02/2022
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, quoted by Sylvie Corbet, Lori Hinnant and Vladimir Isachenkov in Associated Press

Rarely in recent years has the Kremlin been so popular with European visitors. French President Emmanuel Macron arrives Monday. The Hungarian prime minister visited last week. And in days to come, the German chancellor will be there, too. All are hoping to get through to President Vladimir...